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Poster: Single Malt Date: Feb 7, 2010 10:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Blue Boy character in Dragnet (not really dead related but kinda sorta)

I have just started research on the web related to the progression of psychedelics, from Hofmann to modern day, the historic social tensions and other boring stuff. And I have just landed on Dragnet 1967/1968.

There is a character named "Blue Boy" in season 1 episode 1. Does anyone know the name of the real life person that the "Blue Boy" character represented? I considered posting this in classic TV, but I think I might have a better chance for an answer here.

Dragnet episodes stated the stories were true, but names changed to protect the innocent. OK...

http://www.hulu.com/watch/501/dragnet-the-lsd-story

Any thoughts, assertions or educated guesses? Or do you think it was just a propaganda episode, created to battle the newest threat to social change?


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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: Feb 8, 2010 4:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Blue Boy character in Dragnet (not really dead related but kinda sorta)

More DRAGNET Classics...

DHQ Night School
http://www.hulu.com/watch/55204/dragnet-dhq---night-school

The Pill Maker
http://www.hulu.com/watch/55211/dragnet-narcotics-pillmaker

The Little Pusher
http://www.hulu.com/watch/55201/dragnet-juvenile-the-little-pusher

The Pot Pooch
http://www.hulu.com/watch/55145/dragnet-narcotics-dr-21

The Prophet
http://www.hulu.com/watch/15137/dragnet-the-prophet

The Big High
http://www.hulu.com/watch/15123/dragnet-the-big-high























This post was modified by cousinkix1953 on 2010-02-08 12:30:15

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Poster: jackstraw86 Date: Feb 7, 2010 12:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Blue Boy character in Dragnet (not really dead related but kinda sorta)

Found this on Wikipedia: "Blue Boy, whose real name is Benjy Carver (played by Michael Burns) is under the influence of LSD." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_LSD_Story

Might be what you're looking for...

Oh, and I think they're ALL propaganda episodes...

Here's more about him: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0122798/bio


This post was modified by jackstraw86 on 2010-02-07 20:32:04

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Feb 7, 2010 9:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Blue Boy character in Dragnet (not really dead related but kinda sorta)

I remember reading somewhere that "Blue Boy" was based on one of the Merry Pranksters who was busted after the Watts acid test... anyways it was based on a real person associated with that scene. I think the incident is told in Tom Wolfe's book "The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test" (?)

This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2010-02-08 05:52:49

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Poster: Single Malt Date: Feb 11, 2010 12:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Blue Boy character in Dragnet (not really dead related but kinda sorta)

Ok I found it. Merry Prankster is correct. His name was Paul Foster. He died in 2003- long after Jack Webb said he died from an OD in the Dragnet story in 1966. So Jack's TV stories were apparently not true.

http://www.pranksterweb.org/foster.htm

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Feb 12, 2010 4:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Blue Boy character in Dragnet (not really dead related but kinda sorta)

That's right.. Paul Foster. The man who allegedly had a sign around his neck, in day-glow stating "I'm a pimply freak and you're in the Pepsi Generation".

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Poster: Single Malt Date: Feb 8, 2010 4:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Blue Boy character in Dragnet (not really dead related but kinda sorta)

Thanks SkyDawg,
I read that one more than 30 years ago. So I have to get myself another copy. And thanks all for the other inputs. Wikipedia surprises me always with the detail of knowledge.

Dragnet conveyed to the viewing audience that these were true stories...the power of the entertainment media and the fear on the masses within the auspices of being true. Very little artistic liberty should be given to one who says up front that some current event is true (only the names have changed). It's leading me to conclude (but not there yet) that the lies about LSD were started within the establishment and not the other way around. (Kesey and the MPs didn't have to lie when it was legal). Sure, people have said this for a while but I'm looking for the empirical evidence or time line that actually proves it.